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Intelligence Requirements for the 1980's: Elements of Intelligence. Ed by Roy Godson Paperback – December, 1979

ISBN-13: 978-9992808580 ISBN-10: 9992808586

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Natl Strategy Information (December 1979)
  • ISBN-10: 9992808586
  • ISBN-13: 978-9992808580
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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"Intelligence Requirements for the 1980's: Elements of Intelligence" is the first of a five-volume set of books that were the output of the Consortium for the Study of Intelligence. A distinguished collection of academic, military, and government experts on the US intelligence community met in 1979 in the wake of intelligence misfires on Vietnam, domestic surveillance, the Soviet Union, terrorism, Iran, and proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. Their purpose was to define the challenges the intelligence community would face in the 1980's. The takeaway for the modern reader will be just how terribly familar these challenges seem.

This introductory book briefly discusses the difficulties inherent in maintaining the vital skill sets of analysis, collection, counterintelligence, and covert action. An overarcing theme of the book and the series is the need for reform of the intelligence community. The challenges and the theme of reform will seem shockingly familiar to those who have read the report of, say, the Tower Commission, the 9/11 Commission, or the Report on WMD in Iraq.

Roy Godson, Professor at Georgetown, is the editor of this book and the series, which are remarkable for their even-handed and insightful approach to a controversial topic. This volume and the series are highly recommended to intelligence professionals and to students of the intelligence community for a valuable perspective on problems we seem to deal with time after time.
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